All our Middle-Eastern neighbors have their own keffiyehs – and now we have ours!
The difference is noticeable only upon close inspection.
Available in a variety of colors.
When ARGOPRO came out with the first Jewish kaffiya (the cloth headdress usually worn by Muslims), there was an uproar in certain Palestinian quarters: “The Jews have stolen one of our national symbols!”
But guess what – history tells quite a different story!
It turns out that the Jewish pioneers were also turban-wearers. The daily prayers recited by observant Jews include a benediction praising God "Who crowns Israel with glory." Men recited this blessing while getting dressed. The Talmud says clearly that one was to say it while wrapping the turban around his head. Interestingly, the Hebrew word to indicate the wearing of a hat is Havash, which actually means "to wrap" (it also means to bandage). Its origin dates back to a time when the only thing a well-dressed Jew would be likely to be wearing on his head was a turban, a long piece of cloth that would have to be wrapped around the head.
Apparently, the Jews of Babylonia felt that the turban had special spiritual meaning as well, and it was viewed as the distinctive mark of Torah scholars, who saw their wearing such a head-covering as a sign of special piety.
With the rise of Islam, the turban came to be considered the "crown of the Arabs" and the "badge of Islam." The honorable status attributed to the wearing of a turban created problems for the Jews of Muslim lands. Many laws were passed forbidding Jews and Christians to wear turbans in order not to look like the Muslims.
History notwithstanding, Israel’s new kaffiya, white with blue embroidering of multiple Stars of David, is both a fashion statement and a social comment – Israel is part of this region and our people have more in common than you think.
And does it really matter who wore the first turban???